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Coudenberg - Former Palace of Brussels

Place des Palais 7, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 500 45 54
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From the middle ages, a castle overlooked Brussels from Coudenberg hill. From the 12th century, the successive monarchs and their representatives transformed a small fortified castle into a sumptuous residential palace, one of the most beautiful palace of Europe and one of Charles V's main residences. This prestigious building is severely damaged by fire in 1731. Some forty years later, the ruins of the palace are pulled down and the ground flattened out for the construction of the new royal district. The remains of this palace make up the Coudenberg archaeological site.
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Place des Palais 7, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This the ancient history of our Royal family. You can also go underground and visit old streets under the city.

Thank tastingbrussels2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a bunch of plain empty tunnels and nothing else. Seriously. No archaeological remnants or anything at all. Just tunnels. Maybe they're old, but they look like they could have been built yesterday for all you know. There is literally NOTHING in here, except the...More

Thank sandy c
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this in conjunction with a visit to the BELvue Museum. There is a joint ticket for both, but since we had the Brussels Museum pass, both were included. (It is well worth the cost if you want to visit several museums.) The ruins...More

Thank Gogocar
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We went on this tour as a bit of a whim and were entirely pleased. The archeology of the site is well explained and gives the visitor a good understanding of "where" you are standing. Well laid out and well marked.

Thank David S
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This museum is worth the visit very instructive and pleasant no worries if you are unease in close space. The tunnel is large clean and fresh air circulating all the time. This was really going back in time in the old city before the modern...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Now that I live in Canada I know that historic places are not something you come across every day. I was very eager to see this palace that was built between the 12th and 17th century and is underneath the streets of Brussels. I must...More

Thank Laurence_Brussels
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

I came here today and bought a joint ticket with the BELvue museum for 12 euro. The palace itself would have been quite interesting but I could not get my phone to download the audio guide and had to read the signs instead which meant...More

Thank MamaK186487
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is free with the Brussels card along with BELvue Museum so you can visit both. We actually accessed the entrance to the Coudenberg after going through BELvue but I am sure there is a separate way to get to Coudenberg without having to visit...More

Thank Tofurry
Reviewed 15 September 2017

We visited here on Saturday in the afternoon and found it was not overly crowded. The visit starts with a video which explained what happened to the palace and the reason why the site remains after this you enter 'the womb of Brussels' or whatever...More

Thank William J
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We hadn't a clue that this exists under Place Royale in Brussels. When you visit it use the free wifi app or take an audio guide ! Incredible to see that this palace has existed in Brussels.

Thank Nelly2712
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